Our Plans for Resuming Corporate Worship
Dear Hope Church family,
After consultation with Marion County Director of Public Health Kim Dorn, the Session is preparing to open for corporate worship on May 31, 10:15am, at the Memorial Building. For any who do not feel that this is the right time to begin attending worship services in person, we will be using Facebook Live to stream the service live and leave it posted on the church’s Facebook page.
In order to assist us in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we worship, we’ve assembled some guidelines. If you plan to attend worship services in person, we ask that you please abide by and/or be aware of the following:
- If you are sick, please stay home at this time.
- Please avoid touching doors and handles as much as possible, or touch them with a tissue in hand or your elbow.
- Please maintain 6’ social distancing between groups of people which don’t live together.
- In order to maintain 6’ social distancing, please walk along the right side of the hallway when walking through it.
- The chairs will be placed in groups 6’ apart from each other, and those setting out the chairs/hymnals will wear gloves. Please find a group of chairs that fits your family size.
- A few rows of chairs in the back of the gym nearest the piano are designated as a “Mask-Only” section, with the rest of the chairs in the gym acting as a “Mask-Optional” section.
- There will be no fellowship meals or coffee at this time.
- The elements of the Lord’s Supper will be distributed in individual sealed containers.
- Instead of passing the offering plate around, we will put the offering plate on the back table for you to place your tithes/offerings in.
- There will be bottles of hand sanitizer available on the back table; please use them on the way in and on the way out.
- There will be latex/nitrile gloves and masks available for anyone who would like to put them on during the worship service in order to handle hymnals, but we would encourage you to bring your own masks and gloves if you have them.
- Please bring your own water to drink so we can avoid spreading anything around via the drinking fountain.
- Please be respectful of the differences of opinion we might have regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want each person/family at Hope to feel free to make their own decision before God regarding attending corporate worship services during this pandemic. Depending upon your circumstances, it may or may not be a good time for you to attend corporate worship.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
In Christian Love,
Session of Hope Church
P.S.: As you make your decision, here is a resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which might be helpful:
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease